Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  31 responses

Post Up: Home Court Advantage

Home teams went 5-0 on Tuesday night.

by Leo Sepkowitz | @LSepkowitzSLAM

Timberwolves 100, Wizards 104

Minnesota carried a 12-point lead into halftime before letting the Wiz back into it. Minnesota regained the lead on a Kevin Martin trey with 1:10 remaining, but Washington closed the game on a 7-2 run to seal the win.

John Wall posted 14 points with 16 dimes and just one turnover against Ricky Rubio. He also hit a go-ahead bucket right before Martin’s three. Meanwhile, Bradley Beal dropped 25, Nene scored 20 and Martell Webster knocked down 5 triples in the impressive offensive showing. Washington hit 7/15 threes and 15/15 free throws on the night.

Kevin Love led the TWolves with 25 points and added 11 rebounds. That’s once again become the standard for arguably the League’s best big man following an 18-game, injury-plagued season. Five more players scored in double figures for Minnesota, including Corey Brewer, who dropped 16 with 4 boards and 4 steals.

Knicks 86, Pistons 92

Detroit controlled this one for most of the second half, leading by about six throughout. Their Big Three delivered big time. Greg Monroe (16 and 11) and Andre Drummond (13 and 11, 3 blocks) each double-doubled, and Josh Smith dropped 19 (and launched 6 more treys, hitting 2 of them). Brandon Jennings (2 points, 7 assists) left early with an illness, so Rodney Stuckey saw a boost in minutes and came through with 21 points and 5 dimes.

Carmelo Anthony led New York in scoring with 25. He hit 8/20 shots and 8/11 free throws, but just isn’t getting enough help from the supporting cast. JR Smith scored 18 points but was 2/9 from deep, while Andrea Bargnani scored 13 in 38 minutes and Iman Shumpert scored 11.

Shump hasn’t cleared 15 points since the season opener, and the other two guys are inconsistent to say the least. Amar’e Stoudemire played 15 pretty good minutes (6 points, 5 boards), though he did have one embarrassing defensive lapse (below). It’s not totally clear how the 3-7 Knicks can turn things around with this roster.

Hawks 88, Heat 104

Atlanta played Miami about even for the first 30 minutes of Tuesday night’s game before the Heat ran away with the win.

LeBron had a pretty quiet night in 31 minutes, finishing with 13 points, 6 boards and 5 assists. Chris Bosh led the game in scoring with 19, while Ray Allen knocked down 3 threes off the bench on his way to 17 points. Miami hit more than half their shots from the floor.

The Hawks never really got in a groove offensively. Mike Scott led the team in scoring and rebounding with 15 and 10, while Al Horford was the only starter in double-figures.

Celtics 85, Rockets 109

Total blowout in Houston last night. The Rockets led 18-1 early on and 40-18 after one quarter. Terrence Jones led the way with 24 points (10/12) and 9 boards, and has really stepped up with Omer Asik out of the rotation. James Harden went for 15, 5 and 5 in 31 minutes and Dwight Howard double-doubled with a trio of rejections.

Boston’s only starter with more than 9 points was Avery Bradley, who needed twenty-two shots to score 11 points. Courtney Lee scored 17 and Jared Sullinger went for 10 and 9 in 22 minutes, both coming off the bench.

Suns 104, Kings 107

The Suns led 104-97 with 3:34 left and never scored again last night. Sacto tied the game up on a Travis Outlaw bucket with 39 seconds left (Outlaw in crunch time?) and Isaiah Thomas put the Kings up for good at the line on the following possession.

Sacramento got a huge double-double from DeMarcus Cousins: 27 points (9/18, 9/15 free throws) and 12 boards to go along with 3 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Ben McLemore and Thomas both kicked in 19.

Gerald Green led the Suns’ attack with 23 points (4 threes). Rookie Archie Goodwin saw some bonus minutes with Eric Bledsoe out of the lineup, and responded with 16 points off the bench. Marcus Morris added 19 and Channing Frye knocked down 3 treys on his way to 17 points and 9 rebounds.

Bonus: Vintage Show Of The Day

This season, I’ll be posting a semi-random highlight video of a former baller at the bottom of my Post Ups. Yesterday, Scottie Pippen got the spotlight. Today, it’s a combo of three of the elite power forwards from the ’90s. Enjoy this LJ, Shawn Kemp and Karl Malone mashup.

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  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon


  • Jake

    it’s okay, Amare was using the reflection of the backboard to see when the guy was going to come at him. Joke’s on us fellas.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Josh Smith stat count time!

    10 Games Played
    – 57 3pt Attempts
    – 37 FT Attempts
    – 59 Total Reb
    – 33 Total Ast
    – 30 TOV

    (rebounds have finally over taken 3pt attempts! way to go Josh!)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • Otis

    Who could possibly have ever guessed that playing him at SF would turn out like this?!

  • Kap

    The question now is not whether Melo will resign with New York but what other teams including Lakers are gonna gut their cap space for him. He’s a great player but I just don’t understand the way he plays. He could easily control the game by playing out of the post and getting teammates involved that way but instead he settles for awful shots. I just don’t get it.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    -_____- you and spit hot fiyah aren’t gonna let me live it down lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s Joe Dumars who i won’t let live this down. That man has been the most overrated executive in the league for years

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well a lot of it is how he’s used, and how the Knicks want to play. He’s a cold blooded scorer, but he has proven to be able to take better shots within an offense in the past. no doubt in my mind he could do it again given he was put in a situation that promotes disciplined basketball.

  • Kap

    I remember hearing somewhere that when he played for Coach Karl that he had to post up at least twice before he could take a three pointer. I don’t know how true that is but he should get back to that if true. Part of me could see him having a better situation in LA because they would do whatever possible to win and he would have Kobe “maybe” keeping him i check and forcing him to play from the post. But who knows…

  • Kap

    It was a good idea on paper to have all these guys on the same team lol. I really hate how they under appreciate Monroe. They have a budding all star on their team but he barely gets touches. SMH

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    or him and Kobe would compete with each other for points lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, on paper i immediately hated the decision. unless Drummond was going to play less than half a game. but right now he’s playing 35mpg

  • Kap

    Why are you not a fan of Drummond? I love his energy and presence. I’m not familiar with his advanced stats but he runs the floor and protects the rim as well.

  • Kap

    Lol true especially with Bean aiming for #1 on all time scoring list and Melo aiming for who knows…

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yeah man it’s crazy and frustrating. Any man that gives Ben Gordon and Charlie V those types of contracts needs to be evaluated for head trauma.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’m a huge fan of Drummond. i just didn’t expect him to be able to stay on a court for that many minutes a game without fouling out.
    i’m happy he is! it just makes having Josh Smith on the roster with Greg Monroe that much less rational.

  • Max

    I love this haha.

  • spit hot fiyah

    u beat me to it, this is so epic. 3rd defensive comedy knicks gif of the year already

  • LakeShow

    He could at least be hitting the steal button.

  • spit hot fiyah


  • kwamepooh
  • shockexchange

    The one-man zone defense. In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, this video won’t help his case when Amare lobbies for more PT.

  • deafballer

    out of context here, I was on bleacher report last night and people were saying how awesome it is that kobe is rushing back, how tough he is and that he is hungry to win, but isn’t the average recovery time 6 to 8 months and he is in month 7?

  • http://the-benchwarmer.com/ TheBenchwarmer

    Every big game DeMarcus has, it seems like he’s finally figured it out. Hope that’s finally the case this time around.

    Here’s out take on The Boogiemonster:

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Staaahhp it!

  • kwamepooh

    reminds me of my dog when i pretend to throw the ball

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Tuesday night thoughts

    1. LeBron makes it look so easy

    2. Between the Knicks and Pistons i don’t know which team has the more poorly constructed roster

    3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was very overrated as a “shooter”

    4. Archie Goodwin can ball for a 19 year old

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    more like 9 to 11 months (full recovery)

  • deafballer

    huh. so he is coming back quite fast

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Even if he does come back in the next 2 weeks, he won’t be 100%